Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Business Professionals host founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes at luncheon

The Trevecca Association of Business Professionals will host another networking luncheon on Tuesday, February 11, on Trevecca’s campus. That event— “Celebrating the Work, Wisdom, and Wit of Women”—will feature guest speaker Gina “Gigi” Butler, founder of Gigi’s Cupcakes.

An “American dream come true” is the way some describe Gigi’s Cupcakes. Butler, who came to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry, cleaned houses during the day and sang in music venues at night. After a decade of trying to start a music career, Butler decided to change directions and focus on her financial future.

Realizing that baking was becoming a lost art, Butler decided to use her family’s recipes for delicious, from-scratch cupcakes and open her own cupcake bakery. When banks would not loan her the needed start-up money, she leveraged her personal credit cards and opened Gigi’s Cupcakes in 2008, with only $33 left to her name. Gigi’s Cupcakes were a quick success in Nashville, and soon Gigi’s Cupcakes locations were popping up all over the South. In 2012 Gigi’s Cupcakes franchises had sales of $33 million.

The luncheon will also feature Kelly King, an alumna of Trevecca and a partner in the PwC assurance practice, based in Nashville. Karyn Williams will provide music and serve as emcee.

The Trevecca Association of Business Professionals, an organization of alumni of Trevecca’s business programs, helps Nashville business professionals connect with each other, serve the community, and engage in outreach to the city.  The Association is pleased to have these sponsors for this luncheon: Exceptional Coaching Solutions, Momentum Healthware, PENSKE, and Symbion Healthcare.

Tickets, which are $25, can be purchased here. Proceeds from this event will fund scholarships for business students at Trevecca.